Mentor Meetings Connect First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Artists with Key Industry Pros
Manitoba Music and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are partnering this month for the third edition of the Aboriginal Day Live Music Meeting to connect First Nation, Métis, and Inuit artists with key music industry pros from across Canada and beyond.
Running June 21-23 in Winnipeg through Manitoba Music's Indigenous music development program, the event provides a unique opportunity for artists from the Aboriginal Day Live (ADL) stages across Canada and Indigenous members of Manitoba Music to meet with and learn from a delegation of managers, artistic directors, and media during APTN’s annual ADL event.
Representatives making their way to Winnipeg for one-on-one mentor meetings at Manitoba Music include Billboard’s Canadian correspondent Karen Bliss, Envision Management & Production’s founder and president Ryhna Thompson, Festival du Voyageur’s artistic director Julien Desaulniers, Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall’s media and artist development manager Stephen McGrath, NCI general manager David McLeod, Northern Lights Festival Boréal’s executive/artistic director Max Merrifield, Outloud’s Julien Bidar who works in publishing/sync and copyrights/management, and Winnipeg Folk Festival’s artistic director Chris Frayer.
This project is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at developing the export potential of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit artists from Manitoba and the rest of the country by facilitating connections with key industry players. In March, Manitoba Music launched a trade mission to California and Nevada, which connected artists with talent buyers, publishers, artists, and Native American tribal leaders. In February, Manitoba Music ran the second edition of the Market Builder Residency for Indigenous Artists and Industry, which connected export-ready artists and entrepreneurs with Toronto-based industry leaders and exceptional creators.
Manitoba Music's Indigenous music development program was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people in Manitoba develop sustainable careers in music by connecting them with opportunities within Manitoba Music and beyond. Manitoba Music would like to acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters, the Province of Manitoba, and Manitoba Film & Music.